Speaking of crying, I did a lot of it, because it’s easy to forget just how freaking cool, and simultaneously close and distant, space travel is. If I can’t time travel, I’d like to at least space travel: spend a day puking amongst the stars, terrified that I’ll die at any moment. I may not “work hard” or “be good at science” or necessarily “deserve” it, but I want it. And — fake out! That’s the theme. Not space (which I concede is very cool), but an even more human desire that can be found over and over in children’s entertainment because kids are just little balls of cuteness sand WANTING: really really yearning for something.
Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory, “I Want it Now”
I think it’s time for a revisionist take on Veruca Salt. Spoiled brat, or Strong Female Character? Mostly brat, yes, but that’s not really her fault. If she could somehow redirect her desires from greedy to altruistic, wouldn’t the world be a better place? “Daddy, I want an end to homelessness and I want it now!” You know she’d get it.
The Little Mermaid, “Part of Your World”
In the original Danish fairy tale, The Little Mermaid is heartbroken when the prince marries someone else. She can return to being a mermaid if she stabs the prince and his new bride, but she can’t go through with it. She throws herself into the ocean and is turned into foam. She just didn't want it bad enough.
Gale Boetticher performs Peter Schilling, “Major Tom (Coming Home)”
By the way, “Space Oddity” got me thinking that I’m really yearning for the return of Breaking Bad.